I was a professional recording engineer in a past life. I spent my days (and many nights) behind large mixing consoles, expensive microphones and Pro Tools systems. It was a great 10 years, and I have no regrets, but I reached a point when it was time to move on.
Introducing Christine Parker
Occasionally, I will drop by Studio West of San Diego where I used to work at to catch up with the gang, but this trip was different.
Christine Parker, a local San Diego singer and songwriter, has been working on her first full-length album with producer Marti Amado and recording and mixing engineer Kellogg Boynton. She hired me to spend a little bit of time with her in the studio to document the recording process.
Recording an album takes time, money, talent, more time and more money. It is also an incredible process to witness because of the synergy that happens when multiple creative people work together. I’ve been in recording studios with a camera for nearly 10 years, but the camera was always the afterthought. It was time to actually setup a few shots to try to capture the cool moments that take place inside.
Lighting a recording studio
The lighting in most recording studios is dim and varies in color temperature. Musicians like moody lighting, and I cannot blame them for that.
To create some additional interest in the photos, I shot these images with a wide aperture using the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and a wireless flash facing into the camera. The shallow depth of field helped me keep the focus on my subjects. This also created some interesting flares and rim lights surrounding the musicians.
These photos just looked too cool in black and white, so I converted most of them. I kept the two solo photos of Christine in color.
Oddly enough, I’ve actually worked with all of the musicians, the engineer, and the producer in these shots. It was cool to work with them again, though in a different role. They’re all incredibly talented. It felt good to be in the same room as them all once again.
Connect with Christine on Facebook and support this great local talent. Also, be sure to check out the studio as well as Kellogg’s and Marti’s sites (linked above).
Enjoy the photos!